Archives for May 2008

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BEST MOMENTS FROM THE 61ST CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

(BY ALI NADERZAD) The film everyone talked about this year in Cannes was Emir Kusturica's "Maradonna." This was a once-in-a-lifetime event for a number of reason. The French love soccer, and especially the festival's artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who came down the steps to welcome the filmmaker and the sports star. Emir Kusturica won two Palme D'ors and was jury president before. And ... more >

5 MINUTES WITH … ANUPAMA CHOPRA, CANNES JURY MEMBER

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Anupama Chopra, one of India’s foremost film critic and the author of a recent book about Shah Rukh Khan, offers some perspectives on her role as member of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 61st Cannes Film Festival. Can you briefly describe why you chose Tulpan as the best film? This was a unanimous decision. We all loved the film. We were five people from five different ... more >

CANNES WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

(BY ALI NADERZAD) In a ceremony that's brief by the standards created by the Academy Awards (just under an hour) this year's winners were announced without much pomp or fanfare leaving the emphasis on the films themselves. Laurent Cantet's Entre les Murs, a docudrama about troublesome school children in the Parisian public school system won the Palme D'Or. This was one of the most crowded stages ... more >

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZES ANNOUNCED

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Tonight the Fatih Akin-led jury announced the Un Certain Regard prizes: the Hope Award went to Jean-Stephane Sauvaire's Johnny Mad Dog, the Knockout Award went to Tyson (James Toback), the Coup de Coeur Prize went to Wolke 9, the Jury Prize went to Kyoshi Kurosawa for Tokyo Sonata and the the night's top prize went to Tulpan, a Kazak film by filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy. A ... more >

MANHATTAN IN CANNES: ABEL FERRARA’S ‘CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS’ RECEIVED WARMLY

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Tonight Abel Ferrara’s Chelsea On The Rocks (non-competition program) screened in the Cannes Festival’s Salle du Soixantieme, a gorgeous theatre adjacently located to the palais and built for last year’s 60th anniversary (see sidebar for pictures). One of the gratifying aspects of attending a film festival screening is sharing the theatre space with the actors and the whole team. ... more >

ENTRE LES MURS (COMP.)

(BY ALI NADERZAD) A genre that is becoming more popular is the docudrama. Remember 2006's "Chalk"? French filmmaker Laurent Cantet sets his film Entre Les Murs (between the walls) in a Parisian high-school considered difficult to manage. Told from the point of view of the faculty, Entre Les Murs follows one teacher, Francois, as he fills in as parent, educator and disciplinarian with varying ... more >

STRAIGHT TALK! (CANNES EDITION)

(BY KEVIN BOWEN) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [PG-13]Grade: D Cast: Harrison Ford, Shia LeBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt Director: Steven Spielberg After nearly two decades, Indiana Jones remains one of America’s favorite action heroes. But here’s the thing about that. For one American hero, there are actually two of him. No, I’m not referring to ... more >